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Rocco's Real Life Recipes: Fast Flavor for Everyday Paperback – November 19, 2007
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Favorites? ... easy to use, realistically written, and the wine and food pairing section is great. even though dinner didn't take hours to prepare doesn't mean you can't have a perfectly paired (and affordable) wine, too. The fig and arugula salad is my current fall favorite, but I'm substituting fresh seckle pears as suggested... a great casual Nov. dinner with the chicken. I'm partial to all the shrimp recipes, but also find myself drawn to the "reserve recipes" which take a little longer...perfect for weekends in with family, alone, or for guests.
The quotes throughout the book are touching and ring true to many, even those who feel cooking is some foreign untouchable subject. They add a personal feel, and show how much love Rocco really has for the food he makes, shares, and writes about for others.
Such a great book... a great buy or gift for yourself, those you love, and even those you don't... Well done Rocco!
Rocco's first book was full of incrediblely creative and involved recipes with hard to find ingredients. His book was truly a reflection of his creativity and served as a great way for me to flex my culinary muscles. However I rarely used it because it was hard to find the ingredients and the recipes took my novice hands hours to complete.
This book on the other hand is easy to use but still has great recipes that are creative and fun. Many of the meals are under 15 minutes to prepare. To sum it up best, this book takes everday cooking and keeps it quick and easy to do but removes the mundane aspect of everyday cooking.
I was looking for a great cookbook that has unique recipes that wouldnt take hours to complete. This book delivers. The only reason i gave it 4 stars is because i havent tried all the recipes yet. This will likely be my go to book for weekday cooking. (I never write reviews but i have to support this effort, its just what ive been looking for in a cook book)
Great job overall and worth the investment.
thank you Rocco!
I usually sense a superior cookbook as I read the introduction. Rocco, unfortunately, starts out with a section describing an elaborate pantry. It is not a poor list. None of these lists are, if you happen to cook and bake at least four times a week for three or four people. If you do not cook regularly, or cook to a relatively limited palate, many of the items on Rocco's list will expire or spoil before you get to use them in a recipe. The very best `recipe' for pantry stocking came from Madhur Jaffrey, who said (I'm paraphrasing) `...find the recipes you like to make on a regular basis, and stock up on the staples needed by those recipes...'. My experience is that buying `on speculation' that someday I'll use curry paste or miso paste or mirin or instant polenta or roasted red peppers or `assorted cheeses' almost invariably leads to wasting my money.
Then we come to a set of ten (10) photographic tutorials on basic techniques, and my interest perks up, especially when I see a very nice piece of advice on how to heat oil. I consider learning about this little culinary skill to be one of the most important cooking tips I have ever learned.Read more ›
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I have been cooking some delicious fish meals from this cookbook. Fish, for some unknown reason, has seemed intimidating. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dauphinty
I was pretty disappointed in how much prepared foods he uses as ingredients. The recipes sound okay but I prefer fresh and local. Meh.Published on June 2, 2014 by jade schaffer
I started watching his shows and liked him immediately therefore I decided to try his recipes. Pleased with the purchase.Published on April 24, 2014 by Giselle Reyes Ramirez
When I bought this book because of the exposure the author has had on various cooking shows, I expected real recipes with simplified lists of ingredients and preparation, not... Read morePublished on February 2, 2014 by Barbara G. Hardin
I've made three recipes from this cookbook so far. I'm starting to think this cookbook is a dud. The shrimp and Cherry Tomatoes was awful. The recipe was very bland. Read morePublished on January 21, 2014 by Sammy G.